LEE CLARK is ready to face Huddersfield Town for the first time since his sacking and says he’ll happily shake Dean Hoyle’s hand at St Andrews tomorrow.
The Birmingham City boss insisted he hasn’t got a bad word to say about Town because of the chance he was given, but his sole focus is on guiding his side to a Championship win.
Asked if he understood the reasons why Town sacked him last February, Clark responded: “It doesn’t matter. What’s happened has happened.
“They made a decision, they moved on, they’re doing terrifically well.
“I’m now at a fantastic football club. That’s life.
“I will never say a bad word about Huddersfield Town because I can’t.
“They gave me my chance, I responded for them and they certainly responded for me.
“The owner (Hoyle) is a terrific man, the people at the football club supported me, the supporters backed me. I had a great group of players.”
Clark, whose current club are 19th, three points behind Town, added: “I think the media make more of it than there actually is to it. There’s not a problem on my part.
“I was very disappointed I left because I was in a fantastic job. When you’re in a fantastic job you don’t want to leave it, and it was the first time since I had left school that I wasn’t involved in the game.
“But ultimately I’m in another fantastic job now, at a huge club. A couple of results the exception, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
“My family love it down here, my kids are really settled. We’ve all moved and we’re doing our own stuff.”
Clark said he still has a good relationship with Hoyle and explained: “I still keep in touch with him. I’m a big boy and you move on.
“I don’t read a lot of the media, but when things get brought to my attention, it amazes me, because there’s more made of it than there is actually to it.
“I will probably go looking for Dean Hoyle. Shake his hand? Without a doubt. No problem.”
Clark insisted there is no added incentive to win tomorrow against the club where he achieved a Football League record 43 matches unbeaten.